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Old 06-28-2008, 08:56 AM
 
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My wife and I are looking for a place to retire and Ft Collins the surrounds have been on our list, although I have only recently started looking specifically at the area. One of the things that really surprised me was for several neighborhoods, the annual turnover of housing has been over 25% per year. That's awfully high, at least to me. It also listed the percentage of people who had been in their homes over 5 years and it was around 20% for the past few years. I don't know the specific neighborhoods because the page only listed it by their ZIP codes....80524, 80525, and 80526. Is the population of Ft Collins that transient?

Any info would be appreciated.

Cheers,

Mac
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Nampa
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Default In addition to the above question...

Sorry about replying to my own post, but I forgot to add the second question I had.

Are there places for adult education? Nothing fancy...just a few things I've wanted to do over the year, but have never had the time. Now that I'll be retiring, I can finally take some thing. For example, I've always wanted to learn how to weld. I have no idea why, but just do. I'd also like to take some art classes...mostly for drawing or maybe painting.

Does the UNC offer courses like that or is there a community college or vo-tech school in the vicinity?

Thanks,

Mac
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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I think you'll find those statistics regarding moving common to all cities. Company jobs are not a lifetime deal any longer so many people move around. I'd don't think it is a negative to hold against Ft Collins. It is a great place and I think you would enjoy the area. Regarding adult learning, I think you would find quite a bit of that around. There is a fairly large community college, we have various city and community organized workshops/activities that anyone can participate in, and of course there is Colorado State university.

Colorado State: Colorado State University - Fort Collins

Front Range Community college: Front Range Community College

City web page: City of Fort Collins, Colorado Official Website

Also there is a nice senior center that offers classes/activities (photography, painting, etc) for all ages: Fort Collins Senior Center: City of Fort Collins As a sample, here are the list of classes: Recreator: City of Fort Collins and this is how you would sign up: How to Register: recreator: City of Fort Collins
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:10 PM
 
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Hi Mac, yup the population has doubled the past 20 years and is projected to double in another 20 years, it's a great place to live #1 on money magazine a year ago I believe and secondly many who graduate at CSU decide to stay in Fort Collins.

I don't know the exact statistic but I believe CSU is 75% in state 25% out of state, this is a better ratio than that of CU-Boulder as we know CU used to be 60% in state 40% out of state (now 33%) and DU is about 50% out of state. Statewide there is a high transiency, I worked in city government for a short period and found out that the state was almost 50% transplants who originally moved here some period of their life (whether 50 years ago or 1 year ago I don't know). That is a very high number.

Like bproven said the best thing might be front range community college for some extracurricular courses, it offers just about anything. Good news for you, the housing market current situation, not exactly that bad in Fort Collins, but is projected to be at a low around the end of summer, maybe you should look around then, Colorado is ranked #4 in forclosures. Good luck!
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Old 06-30-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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Front Range community college offers many classes and a lot of non-credit classes. I know for sure that they have a welding program there. As far as the turn over rate, I have been told that the average time a person spends in their home is 5 years and then they sell. I don't think the people are necessarily moving out of this area since we have had tremendous growth over the past several years, rather they are upgrading to a bigger or newer home.
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Old 07-04-2008, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Nampa
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Default Answers to my questions...

Thanks to everyone for the responses...good straight information. Also, the links to the community college and city website are most helpful.

Cheers,

Mac
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